Africa’s Elite Coaches: Part 1

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Failure by all African national football teams to reach the FIFA World Cup final nor to win the biggest sporting spectacle on earth, still haunts our ancestors and loyal supporters in our continent.

The African Football controlling body, CAF, has organized an Elite Coaching Course for exceptional talented coaches operating at senior (Club and Country) in order to breed and fast-track the modern continental managers of our game.

FIFA in conjunction with its member states, have also appointed collective Technical Directors in different regions (e.g Serame Letsoaka) to spearhead the technical programme aimed at both grassroots, youth, women and senior football development.

Hence, the FARPOST Technical Study Group (TSG) looks at the official bright minds of the game on the African soil, who continue to lead a charge for a better continental player capable of delivering the first ever World Cup during our lifetime.

1. Adel Amrouche

The 52-year-old Algerian exhibit a characteristic calmness, maturity and experience. A multiple national team coach with Burundi, Kenya and Libya, commands a huge respect in Europe as well as in Africa.

Amrouche is a qualified UEFA Coaching Educator and a strategic Belgian FA Coaching Instructor where he educated former Free State Stars and Polokwane City coach, Luc Eymael. He has also played a part in the progression of Victor Wanyama.

He is currently in charge of the Botswana national team, where he hopes to build their national identity, assist the FA in climbing the rankings, nurture the next generation of coaches and accelerate the entire youth development program.

2. Pitso Mosimane

The Mamelodi Sundowns mentor is undoubtedly the most priceless football commodity in Mzansi coaching space. Intelligent, confrontational, streetwise and highly talented, Mosimane is a serial winner par-excellence.

In 2016, upon capturing the coveted CAF Champions League title, was ranked amongst the Top 10 coaches in the world according to International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) and ironically ahead of legendary Arsene Wenger.

Mosimane has been in charge of a project that has seen the likes of Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu and Percy Tau, all join European clubs.

Having amassed 9 trophies at Sundowns, expect him to plot regular trips to the FIFA World Club Cup.

3. Djamel Belmadi

The 44-year old Belmadi, had a scintillating career as a player that took him to illustrious clubs like Paris Saint Germain, Marseille and Manchester City.

After winning back-to-back Qatari Stars League championships with Lekhwiya, he had a further stint with the Qatar national team, before eventually getting the nod to manage the Algeria national team.

He is credited for instilling a perfect balance structure of attack and defence, and finally allowing Riyaad Mahrez to play with the utmost panache and style associated with his talent.

Belmadi’s Algerian troops conquered the 2019 AFCON without losing a match.

4. Florent Ibenge

Arguably the softest gentleman of the African football brigade. The AS Vita Club Kinshasa coach, is a genuine strategist and a committed worker of Congolese football.

Ibenge has managed to compete year in year out and season after season, with the Lubumbashi football powerhouse, TP Mazembe who are bankrolled by millionaire and Katanga province governor Muise Katumbi.

He is one of the exceptional coaches to be in charge of both his team ( AS Vita) and DRC national team. He has captured numerous Linafoot Ligue-1 championships with Vita as well as the African Nations Championships (CHAN) with DRC

5. Aliou Cisse

The former captain of the Senegal national team dubbed the “Lions of Teranga”, Cisse is a proven winner and an excellent role model of the emerging African coaches.

He adopts a rather strict approach, European professionalism and sound structural tactical approach to his coaching.

At the last World Cup in Russia, Cisse was the youngest coach at 44 years, where he led a forceful, brutal and solid Senegalese team ably driven by Sadio Mane.

Cisse was dubbed the 2018 World Cup sex symbol by women around the globe and in 2019, unfortunately lost the prized AFCON award as Senegal lost to Belmadi’s Algeria.

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By FARPost’s Technical Study Group

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